If there are any fashion pieces you should invest in, it's basics. Yes, I know they're not as interesting as those brightly patterned trousers you spotted over the weekend, but basic clothing items are essential when building a well-rounded outfit.
When you purchase good quality staples such as a white t-shirt, black blazer and a maxi slip dress, you'll always have something to wear. Not only are these fundamental when creating a capsule wardrobe, but they also pair well with the more quirky items in your closet.
Now, when I say 'invest' I don't expect you to spend thousands of dollars on a crew neck, instead, I'm advising you to really look at the fabrics, composition and quality of each piece you buy. This way, the clothes you purchase will last for a lifetime, rather than one wash cycle.
So to help you out, I've rounded up the best classic wardrobe essentials for under $150, because you don't need to break the bank to look good.
Why I love it: I saw Hayley, one of the most stylish women in the Mamamia office, wearing these last week and I bought them immediately. Classic, comfy and look far more expensive than its price.
Cotton On Shimmer Maxi Slip Dress, $79.95.
Why I love it: Every wardrobe needs a classic black slip dress. Wear it with heels and statement earrings to a wedding, or with a denim jacket and trainers for day-to-day.
MNG Buttoned Flowy Shirt, $44.95.
Why I love it: I am so impressed with the quality of MNG for the price. A classic shirt in white or black (or both!) will fill a gap in your wardrobe you didn't even know you had.
Levi's Curve 501 '90s Jeans, $159.95.
Why I love it: This light wash jean is so versatile and goes perfectly with all the other basics in this roundup. Plus, you can never go wrong with a pair of Levi's.
Why I love it: This classic tee comes in 12 colours, washes and wears so well and is cheap as chips. Grab a few!
Fate & Becker Blazer In Black, $119.95.
Why I love it: Gone are the days where a blazer was just for corporate wear. I throw on a blazer over a maxi dress, jeans or even leggings and a tank. They're more versatile than you think and add ‘polish’ to any outfit.
The Faded Isabel Denim Jeans, $99.95.
Why I love it: The ‘in’ jean cut right now is wider in the leg, and not only is this pair under $100, the flattering high waist and contrast sticking makes them look more polished than your average pair.
Atmos&Here Nyla Flowy Trench, $119.99.
Why I love it: Just like a blazer, a trench can be worn over anything from a formal dress to activewear. The longer length is also super flattering on most body types, and a lighter colour is a good alternative to have if your go-to bladder is black.
Atmos&Here Curvy Linen Blend Skirt, $79.99.
Why I love it: A linen maxi skirt is the clothing item to add to your wardrobe this summer. It's chic, versatile and so comfortable. Check out our story on how to style a maxi skirt for more inspo.
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